Elwood Brehmer

  • It has been three weeks since legislation to scale back Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit program took a big step backwards to the House Rules Committee. In the meantime Rules chair Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, has put forth two very similar versions of House Bill 247 that would all but eliminat...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:15am
  • Most state employees will give up some, but not all, pay increases in the latest round of union contracts before the Legislature for approval. Nearly 75 percent of executive branch employees will forgo cost of living allowance, or COLA, raises under the three-year agreements negotiated with the Labo...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:20am
  • Alaska Airlines keeps making news, seemingly for all the right reasons. The company announced a $4 billion deal to purchase Virgin America April 4, a deal that when finalized will make Alaska the fifth-largest domestic carrier. Spokesman Tim Thompson said to Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members Apr...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:29am
  • The back-and-forth over who will pay what to state retirement plans has caused plenty of consternation in Juneau the last two weeks, but a new study concludes the debate would be unnecessary if Alaska had just followed its own guidelines the last time state pensions were reformed....

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:05am
  • Alaska’s tourism industry should be a bright spot in 2016 as other sectors of the state’s economy face uphill battles.  The final tally of cruise passengers, which often make up more than half of all visitors to the state, is expected to be up about 2 percent over what was a strong 2015, ac...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:51am
  • An independent review of the Legislative Council’s options to deal with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building found the cost of purchasing the building to be nearly on par with moving the Legislature’s Anchorage offices elsewhere. San Francisco-based Navigant Consulting Director ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:27pm
  • With little appetite from legislators for a general obligation bond package, bare bones capital budgets the next couple years are probably a harsh reality of the state’s fiscal situation. The administration’s proposal for a $500 million general obligation, or GO, bond package to fund up to $250 ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:26pm
  • Enstar Natural Gas Co. appears to have locked up 90 percent of its gas supply needs into 2021 after finalizing a deal with Furie Operating Alaska. The gas supply and purchase agreement filed March 14 with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is for a firm supply of 6.2 billion cubic feet, or bcf, of ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:25pm
  • Not surprisingly, Alaska’s fiscal picture got worse with the March 21 release of the 2016 Spring Revenue Forecast. Total state revenue for the 2016 fiscal year, which ends June 30, is now projected to be about $3.6 billion, down more than 60 percent from the $9.5 billion of income estimated in the...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:37am
  • The next court battle over the value of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System won’t be for at least another five years. Two settlements over the taxable value of TAPS between the State of Alaska, its owners and municipalities along the pipeline corridor were announced March 1. The agreements fix the va...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:23pm

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